By Sam Eyoboka
LAGOS — CHRISTIAN leaders from the Niger Delta geo-political zone of the country have expressed disgust over the inability of the Federal Government and its security agencies to guarantee safety of lives. They have therefore called on innocent Christians in the country to defend themselves whenever they come under attack.
In its reaction to the unrelenting violent attacks on Christians and their churches in the North, the group under the aegis of the Niger Delta Christian Leaders Forum (NDCLF) said it has lost confidence in the security system of the country. “We have also lost confidence in the ability of Government to protect the lives of Christians.”
In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Bishop Eddy Bebor, the group argued that it is now clear to all that members of the militant Islamic group called are jihadists who will stop at nothing until their purpose is achieved.
The statement also argued that no one is left in doubt that the “Government cannot do anything to fight this terror the National Assembly is finding it difficult to handle these Islamic terrorists.”
The Niger Delta Christians also believes that Northern leaders have shown to all and sundry that either they are supportive or the Boko Haram phenomenon is too much for them to handle.
“Worse of it all is that, the target has been Christians and worship their houses (Church). We have buried Christians and lost churches almost on a weekly basis in the North,” the statement explained.
The group is left with on other option than to call on all Christians, from the North to South of Nigeria to rise up to the challenge by defending themselves when they come under attack.
“You can’t sit down and be killed. We all have hands, we all have legs, don’t allow anyone to just come to your church and kill you there. Be on the Red Alert, Be vigilant, Be strong and defend your faith. Be ready to go the mile they are going to save your self form being killed.
“Enough is enough, we thought we have and live in a country that believes in brotherly love irrespective of religious background, the blood of Christians should not always be sacrificed on the altar for us to live together as one Nigeria,” the group emphasized.
The statement concluded by urging all Christians in every part of the country to “let us now defend ourselves and defend our faith as Christians all over Nigeria, be on red alert and save yourself from being killed.”